Last month, I wrote about watching travel-inspiring television. (See Seven Shows on TV Right Now to Feed Your Wanderlust). At the time, we were right in the middle of the fall premier season. Since then, quite a few shows have had late fall starts. Quite a few of these new premiers are set in interesting locales worthy of wanderlusting after.
Based on the original Coen Brother’s movie, this tv show is done as an anthology and takes place in the snowy Upper Midwest. Season one is the teeny, tiny Bemidji, Minnesota. Season two, airing now, goes back in time to cover the Sioux Falls Massacre and takes place in Fargo, North Dakota. Highlighting the part of the US where the big, bad crime syndicate comes in from Kansas City, the location and people make this show a thousand times more fun than a generic NYC crime show.
“North Boise has some very rough patches.” -Debbie Sanderson
A hollywood actor coming off a stint staring as an attorney on a legal drama decides to move back to Idaho and be a real lawyer instead. Rob Lowe. The Waitress from Always Sunny. Fred Savage. Stevie from Eastbound and Down. An ode to how truly awful it is to watch tv legal shows with actual lawyers around. Also takes place in Idaho. Idaho! They haven’t even begun to delve into what a great setting Idaho will be. And this show is so funny. So funny. I die. You just have to watch it.
American Horror Story
Seasons of this show have taken place all over the US. This season is in a dirty LA hotel for heroin addicts, models, and the dead. For anyone who’s ever picked out a hotel room on Kayak, this is your worst nightmare come to life.
A fictional British royal family rocked with scandal. I’m cheating here, because I haven’t seen it yet. I DVRed the first season this week and have plans to watch for um like a million hours on Saturday to get caught up for season two. I CANNOT WAIT!
The Last Kingdom
You know a show is set in a completely unique place when the main character is named Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Set in the 9th century in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex, it shows the struggles between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danes and chronicles the birth of the nation of England. And Alexander Dreymon (Uhtred) is pretty hot.
Okay, it’s schlocky, sickening reality tv. AND I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT. And I totally want to go to West Hollywood and eat the Goat Cheese Balls at Sur and then go dance to James’s shitty DJing at Pump and then watch Tom Sandoval roller-skate into a pool while Kristen cries in the corner and Scheana makes it all about her. AND I MAKE NO APOLOGIES. But for real, I will probably definitely go visit West Hollywood because of this show. And that’s the point of this list, quality tv or no.
At it’s worst, Bones can be just another murder mystery show. It’s totally predictable and has so many stereotypes. But it’s so fun! And it’s set in Washington DC at the Smithsonian! (Even if they call it the Jeffersonian). Brennan and Booth run all over the Delmarva peninsular solving crimes that there’s no reason the FBI should be involved while smooching every chance they get.